updated 04/12/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/13/2013 AT 4:15 PM ET
PEOPLE.com readers apparently love a happy story, like the one for The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry: they’re engaged, the actress announced this week.
On the saddest note, the country lost its first Girl Next Door of the TV generation, Annette Funicello.
Here are the stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers this week – what made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry. Meanwhile, please don’t forget to keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think.
Sara Gilbert revealed that she proposed to Linda Perry, her singer, songwriter, producer girlfriend, while picnicking in a park, listening to music – “magical and amazing,” was how Gilbert described it, and readers wholeheartedly agreed.
Arguably the most popular Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club, Annette Funicello, 70, never lost the love of her fans, who collectively grieved when she died this week after an heroic battle with MS.
Credit those vocal cords and her stage presence, because Candice Glover didn’t only impress the American Idol judges this week, but readers, too – and in big numbers.
The story of Canadian teen Rehtaeh Parsons, who was taken off life support this week after an alleged rape that was in several respects likened to the Steubenville case, was met with outrage, as well as an outpouring of sympathy for the victim.
Questioning her sincerity? Or was it her being in the presence of yuk-meister David Letterman? But readers found humor in ‘s announcement on Late Show that she welcomes the experience of rehab, even if it is court-ordered.
Check back next week for another must-read roundup. Meanwhile, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.